National Awkward Moments Day - March 18
According to Oxford Languages, “Awkwardness or embarrassment is defined as an emotional state of intense discomfort with oneself.”
You know what we’re talking about, right? Awkward moments are a part of life; they just happen (especially when we don’t want them to!). We’ve even had our own awkward moments here at the library!
National Day Calendar sums up feeling awkward the best by asking:
“Have you ever called someone by the wrong name, tripped over nothing, walked into a door, had the completely wrong words come out of your mouth, or just forgot what you were doing? The list could go on and on. Sometimes, things just do not seem to go right and something happens that may make you feel like you want to run and hide. No matter the day, today or any other day, everyone has them.”
However, Healthline.com reassures us that:
“There’s nothing wrong with being awkward. Whether you recognize your social awkwardness or not, it generally isn’t bad or harmful, unless it bothers you or keeps you from doing things you want to do. But if you feel like you’re doing just fine, don’t feel pressured to change.”
HOW TO OBSERVE #AwkwardMomentsDay
Find the ability to laugh at yourself, see the humor in awkward moments, and have fun with them. Relive old awkward moments by telling stories about them. Laugh over them and enjoy the memory. They may be embarrassing at first. However, as time goes by, the humor in these moments really shows just how human we can be. After all, don’t we all start out somewhere? We learn something new or misunderstand someone’s meaning. No one is perfect, ever. And it’s important to keep that in mind on this day and stay humble as we celebrate it.
Thankfully, the staff in the Children’s Department have a few books to help you celebrate #AwkwardMomentsDay as well! Check them out below!